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Exploring Interdisciplinarity: a theoretical consideration of Bioethics at the interface between Theology, Philosophy and Life Sciences

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dc.contributor.author De Lange, M C
dc.date.accessioned 2011-01-19T08:12:31Z
dc.date.available 2011-01-19T08:12:31Z
dc.date.issued 2009
dc.identifier.citation DE LANGE, M.C. 2009. Exploring Interdisciplinarity: a theoretical consideration of Bioethics at the interface between Theology, Philosophy and Life Sciences. TD The Journal for Transdisciplinary Research in Southern Africa, 5(2):190-216, Dec. [http://dspace.nwu.ac.za/handle/10394/3605] en
dc.identifier.issn 1817-4434
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10394/3954
dc.description For the history of this development, see Verhey & Lammers (1993:1-6); Borry et.al. (2005:55-60), and Hauerwas (1978). en
dc.description.abstract Complex ethical problems resulting from research and advances in biotechnologies increasingly confront Christian ministers and theologians with difficult and complex moral dilemmas. Where do they turn to in order to give guidance and answer questions concerning practical bioethical problems? This article argues that Bioethics as the systematic study of specific moral dilemmas implies conjoining a variety of ethical methodologies in an interdisciplinary framework. In trying to clarify this complex nature of Bioethics when practiced specifically from a Christian Theological viewpoint, the article examines theoretical considerations regarding the interface between three contributing disciplines, viz. Theology, Philosophy and Life Sciences. This is done by investigating three questions: What is the place of Bioethics in the hierarchy of disciplines? In what way do Philosophy, Theology, and Life Sciences contribute to the theoretical foundations of interdisciplinary Bioethics?, and How do different methodologies relate to one another in order to show the true interdisciplinary character of Bioethics? The article concludes that it is vital to re-examine the theoretical basis of Bioethics as a philosophical grounding or methodology in order to place moral knowledge within a meta-theoretical and epistemological framework. It is clear that Bioethics is a complex endeavour served by many disciplines, as well as a complex interdisciplinary form of knowledge. Scholars, scientists and theologians must all learn to transcend the barriers between the multitude of interrogational disciplines and endeavour to work towards designing a wellfounded and meaningful framework within which the methodological assumptions and theoretical grounding have been clarified, and one which also recognizes the complex interdisciplinary nature of Bioethics. en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject Bioethics en
dc.subject Interdisciplinarity en
dc.subject Theology en
dc.subject Philosophy en
dc.subject Life Sciences en
dc.subject Hierarchy en
dc.subject Ethics en
dc.subject Methodology en
dc.title Exploring Interdisciplinarity: a theoretical consideration of Bioethics at the interface between Theology, Philosophy and Life Sciences en
dc.type Article en


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